This week, James welcomes back British author, columnist, and expert on all things American, Tim Stanley. They discuss the ongoing budget negotiations, why Britain may actually be doing better than the U.S. in terms of cutting the fat, why James would make an excellent Pope, the advantages of owning a dog, and their New Year’s Resolutions. 

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  1. Profile photo of Mafuta Kizola Inactive

    How is James going to be a better Pope when He brings Obama lunch in a silver platter ?

    As for the Pope, I guess welcome to the reality of people being frustrated by the Catholic Church supporting the enemies of civilization that happens to be anti-religious too.

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    EJHill for Speaker of the House!

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  3. Profile photo of Ryan M(cPherson) Listener

    ok, EJ – I wonder how many memberships are going to be cancelled because of that photoshop… 😉

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  4. Profile photo of Crusade A Day Keeps Jihad Away Member

    We’ve already had a Pole for a Pope in the 20th century, so this might be a tough sell at the next conclave. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.

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    Ryan M: ok, EJ – I wonder how many memberships are going to be cancelled because of that photoshop… 😉  

    Since I am not Catholic they threatened to take away my college degree. Henceforth it will be a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media & Ex-Communication.

    But here’s the evolution:

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    My first thoughts too.

    It remains in the envelope. but distends the shape of it.

    Ryan M: ok, EJ – I wonder how many memberships are going to be cancelled because of that photoshop… 😉 · 9 minutes ago
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    EJHill
    Ryan M: ok, EJ – I wonder how many memberships are going to be cancelled because of that photoshop… 😉  

    Since I am not Catholic they threatened to take away my college degree. Henceforth it will be aBachelor of Arts in Mass Media & Ex-Communication.

    But here’s the evolution: · 1 minute ago

    Delingpole’s face there is pretty hilarious. But I think you need to shade his complexion, some, to match the hands. I mean, I believe that Pope Delingpole would carry a puppy, but you’ve got him tanning only his hands…?

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    The Pope is humping one world socialism now? Did Obama get to him, too?

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    Ryan M … I think you need to shade his complexion, some, to match the hands.

    There’s a deliberate imperfectablilty to it all. I’m not trying to fake court evidence. Delingpole is, after all, a lot younger than Benedict.

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    Seriously, EJHill …

    If this Photoshop is as outrageous as you ever get, you’ll be doing okay.

    I can live with it.

    Lord knows there’s a lot of people here on Ricochet who have no problem whatsoever with it – who may think it is hilarious.

    But as you may have already surmised from some of what shows up on the member Feed, we do have some very religious people here too, who would take offense if you went further than you have with that image of James Delingpole holding a dog.

    This is not the audience of the Stephen Colbert Show – and thank God for that.

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    Do not take EJ for task for this illustration. I’m the one who published it. If anyone is offended by it, let me know and I’ll take it down. It seems so obviously silly to me, but I am admittedly not in the target audience for those who might be bothered by it. 

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    Hmm, yummy, as Mr Obama might say.

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  13. Profile photo of Crusade A Day Keeps Jihad Away Member

    Father Sarducci hosted two SNL episodes during the 1983-1984 season and cameoed during two 1990s episodes, most notably on a Weekend Update segment where he reported on Pope John Paul II’s missing wallet. All together, Father Sarducci appeared on SNL thirty-one times, the most of any of the recurring characters.

    In 1981 Novello made newspaper headlines when he visited Vatican City wearing the Father Guido Sarducci costume to do a photo shoot for Attenzione magazine. After taking pictures in an area where photography was prohibited, he and his photographer, Paul Solomon, were arrested by the Swiss Guards and Novello was charged with “impersonating a priest.” Although the guards attempted to confiscate the film from the shoot, Solomon managed to hand them the wrong film. The charges were later dropped.

    In the early 1980s, Novello was featured in ads promoting candidates for the priesthood. He listed one advantage of being a priest as getting first pick at the annual parish garage sale.

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    I am not offended by it.

    But when I saw it, my first reaction was to suck in my breath and think “hmmm” the way you do when an off-color joke that is on the cusp of being too off-color is told.

    Ann Coulter dances that line a lot, which weakens her credibility.

    Blue Yeti: Do not take EJ for task for this illustration. I’m the one who published it. If anyone offended by it, let me know. It seems so obviously silly to me, but I am admittedly not in the target audience for those who might be bothered by it. · 0 minutes ago
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  15. Profile photo of Tobias Vaughn's Eyebrow Inactive

    The following quote from Tim Stanley (20 minutes into the podcast) is a good reminder why I’m not Catholic.

    “It’s a bit like the priest says to you: ‘You must not lie. You must not fornicate. You must not cheat. You must not steal.’ Well, we all know that. We all try and avoid that. But many of those things are part and parcel of being a human being and are sort of unavoidable. And I would put capitalism and making money into that bracket.”

    Delingpole gave a fine rebuttal.

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    That looks suspiciously like my dog!

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    Blue Yeti: Do not take EJ for task for this illustration. I’m the one who published it. If anyone is offended by it, let me know and I’ll take it down. It seems so obviously silly to me, but I am admittedly not in the target audience for those who might be bothered by it. · 32 minutes ago

    Offended?!?! I thought it was a tribute to Pius XII. But I haven’t listened to the podcast yet.

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    Ryan M … I think you need to shade his complexion, some, to match the hands.

    There’s a deliberate imperfectablilty to it all. I’m not trying to fake court evidence. Delingpole is, after all, a lot younger than Benedict. · 2 hours ago

    Good point. Most of my photoshopping is an effort to fake evidence. 🙂

    Actually, I once made a fake ID that turned out amazing – until I realized that my photoshopping capacity far outweighed my printing capacity. Oh, the things you will do when you are 20 1/2.

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    Blue Yeti: Do not take EJ for task for this illustration. I’m the one who published it. If anyone is offended by it, let me know and I’ll take it down. It seems so obviously silly to me, but I am admittedly not in the target audience for those who might be bothered by it. · 1 hour ago

    Edited 1 hour ago

    I don’t think anyone is offended – I was just teasing!

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    Edward Smith: I am quite serious when I say that that picture gave me pause.

    My sense that it treads on ground best left untrod does not get as far as this:

    To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.― G.K. Chesterton

    But I would not want to see its like here again.

    And I am being as serious as a Heart Attack when I say that.

    Doesn’t intent have to be taken into consideration? I don’t take issue with situations like this where there is plainly (at least to me) no intent to offend or insult. It seems to me that there is strength in being able to have a laugh at one’s self and one’s beliefs.

    At the least, it shows that Catholics aren’t so childishly insecure as some other faiths–not trying to say that you are being insecure, Edward, I can see and understand your points. I share your feelings about the Hitler mustache on Obama, BTW.

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    I am quite serious when I say that that picture gave me pause.

    My sense that it treads on ground best left untrod does not get as far as this:

    To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.G.K. Chesterton

    But I would not want to see its like here again.

    And I am being as serious as a Heart Attack when I say that.

    Ryan M
    Blue Yeti: Do not take EJ for task for this illustration. I’m the one who published it. If anyone is offended by it, let me know and I’ll take it down. It seems so obviously silly to me, but I am admittedly not in the target audience for those who might be bothered by it. · 1 hour ago

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    I don’t think anyone is offended – I was just teasing! · 1 hour ago

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    BTW, I would be as uncomfortable if the image of the Grand Rabbi of Jerusalem, the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, or the Dalai Lama was being played with.

    There are people in this world who have worked very hard to earn positions of respect. I may disagree with them, but they do deserve respect.

    That’s why I think Hitler moustaches on Obama are not just childish. The comparison is odious, and the Office deserves respect. I would be very happy to hear if a future President were to remove the official portrait of Obama to the White House basement … but to deface or burn it would be another matter.

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    About poodles being effeminate: Did you know that poodles were originally bred as hunting dogs and the poodle haircut is meant for hunting? As much fur as possible was cut to keep the dog from becoming waterlogged while swimming. Some fur was left around the ankles and the chest to protect the dog from brambles. A tuft of fur is on the tip of the tail to mark the position of the dog in the water and another tuft is on top of the head to draw the dog into the boat. Here is a link to an article about poodles as hunters. http://www.gundogmag.com/2011/09/06/gun-dog-breeds-standard-poodle/ Also, didn’t the British use poodles during the Crimean war, because of their intelligence? (And not for cannonballs, as my nephew suggested.)

    I recommended that James get a cockapoo, and he took half of my advice. A cockapoo might have combined the best hunting traits of both poodles and cockers, but for his purposes he was right to stick to a known breed. Still, if you want a good, loyal, intelligent companion, you can’t beat a cockapoo like my own Stalker.

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    Britanicus:

    Intent matters a great deal.

    I see strength in being able to not take offense when the offense was slight or not intended. But I reserve the right to state that, even though the offense was slight or not intended, the line where I take offense has been approached.

    I also reserve the right to laugh at what I think is funny, and not laugh at what I don’t think is funny. 

    You have that right too. There are subjects where I my idea of what is funny and what need not be taken seriously are not the same as yours. I approach them in the wrong way and you fail to give me warning that this matter or that is a “handle with care” for you, then you are not adequately respecting yourself.

    If I did not set out to offend, and you are are of this, I get a warning.

    But we all have borders. We should all post where they are, in a way that everyone else can see them far enough away to not accidentally cross them.

    And having enough respect for yourself to post those notices is true strength.

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    Edward Smith: I am quite serious when I say that that picture gave me pause.

    My sense that it treads on ground best left untrod does not get as far as this:

    To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.― G.K. Chesterton

    But I would not want to see its like here again.

    And I am being as serious as a Heart Attack when I say that.

    Some of us are sensitive to slights about the Catholic Faith because we are treated as second class citizens in the U.S. That is mostly our own fault as we seldom protest against anti-Catholic bigotry. We need to stick up for ourselves more, and I am “as serious as a heart attack” about that. However, I don’t see any offense in this particular picture. It doesn’t appear to denigrate either the pope or the Catholic faith. There was no reason not to post it, and no need to take it down.

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    That’s why I said it gave me pause, not offense. I’d rather say hear “that’s far enough” than “that’s going too far”.

    Leave this image up. But mark the spot where it lands. 

    When you ride the NYC subway system there is a yellow line on the platform to warn you you are too close to the edge. It is not on the edge, but a few inches away from it. Near enough to be a warning, but far away to be able to step back to safety.

    I would hold this to all belief systems.

    Michael Collins
     

    Some of us are sensitive to slights about the Catholic Faith because we are treated as second class citizens in the U.S. That is mostly our own fault as we seldom protest against anti-Catholic bigotry. We need to stick up for ourselves more, and I am “as serious as a heart attack” about that. However, I don’t see any offense in this particular picture. It doesn’t appear to denigrate either the pope or the Catholic faith. There was no reason not to post it, and no need to take it down. · 48 minutes ago

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    Well said, Edward. I assure you, that I am not offended at all.

    To touch on another issue in the podcast, I submit that the Beagle is one of the finest breeds around (see my avatar). Loving, loyal, smart, hungry, warm, good for hunting, good for children, the beagle is a wonderful dog… although the howl will be a constant source of amusement and annoyance, depending on the time of day/night.

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    I knew a very mellow (to the point of indolence) older divorced woman who got herself a beagle puppy.

    It was not a good match.

    Me, I have a Silent Part-Calico Cat, who, when you look into her eyes, you see that she can be friendly, but watch out – she sets the terms.

    Britanicus: Well said, Edward. I assure you, that I am not offended at all.

    To touch on another issue in the podcast, I submit that the Beagle is one of the finest breeds around (see my avatar). Loving, loyal, smart, hungry, warm, good for hunting, good for children, the beagle is a wonderful dog… although the howl will be a constant source of amusement and annoyance, depending on the time of day/night. · 11 minutes ago

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    I haven’t laughed so hard in a while! I’m ashamed my New Year’s resolutions aren’t as entertaining.

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    Indeed. Beagles require a significant amount of attention and they have lots of energy to get rid of. However, once they are rid of said energy, they enjoy nothing more than to lay on your lap while you read Ricochet.

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